ADAM offers peer support line for those struggling with anxiety during the pandemic.

“I’m struggling.”

This morning yet another person reached out to the Anxiety Disorders Association support line, one of hundreds to ask for help in the three weeks since the free service was launched.

There is a critical need to support the mental health and well-being of Manitobans who are feeling highly anxious, afraid, and stressed at this time. The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba has the experience and knowledge to help people who are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, and to take some pressure off the formal health care system, including the new iCBT Program.

Not everyone has access to a smartphone, tablet or computer to access online services. Our support line provides people with the opportunity to speak with a person who has experience and knowledge about anxiety and effective coping techniques.

We invite anyone who is feeling stressed or anxious to call us for support. Even when things return back to “normal,” there will be residual effects on the mental health of many Manitobans. When social distancing and isolation regulations have been lifted, we will resume our well-established in-person peer support groups, individualized peer support, and in-person group Cognitive Behaviour programs to help people recover.

We are here to help and to contribute to the mental health and well being of Manitobans, so that when the time comes, people will be well enough to return to work and resume their normal activities, rather than require intensive psychological or psychiatric interventions.

Our support line number is 204-925-0040, and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.